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Those Participation Trophies Matter More than You Might Think

I recently read a brilliant article by Mindy Kaling in which she talks about how when her mother “put away” a trophy she received as a kid for being the best dressed at basketball camp. Her mother’s reason was that in their house, they would only display awards that were earned.

It was as insightful, biting, and funny as we have come to expect from the soon-to-be mom. I nodded along as I agreed with her about hard work and earning your sense of entitlement.

The trophies though? I have seen so many posts on social media calling for their banishment. Five years ago, I would’ve agreed that participation trophies were pointless, but now I am not so sure.

I am raising three children, one of which has special needs. Can you guess which one has to work twice as hard to be able to do anything?

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